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Ocean Innovation

Biomimetics Beneath the Waves, 1st Edition

By Iain A. Anderson, Julian Vincent, John Montgomery

CRC Press

202 pages

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pub: 2016-06-01
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Biomimetics is the idea of creating new technologies abstracted from what we find in biology. Ocean Innovation: Biomimetics Beneath the Waves seeks that technological inspiration from the rich biodiversity of marine organisms. Bringing both a biological and engineering perspective to the biomimetic potential of oceanic organisms, this richly illust

Table of Contents

Homo aquaticus. Swimming through syrup. The hydrostat. Jet propulsion for soft bodies. Buoyancy. Drag. Fins and brains. Listening to the silent world. Underwater sensing for navigation and survival. Stealth and show: A mind game.

About the Authors

Iain A. Anderson is an associate professor with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is also a cofounder of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), where he is a principle investigator. He leads the ABI Biomimetics Laboratory that is exploring the use of dielectric elastomer electroactive polymers for stretchable electronics, wearable sensors, soft robots, and energy harvesters. Anderson is a keen advocate for fin propulsion. Together with his lab, he has developed and raced a fin-driven human-propelled racing submarine. In 2012, with two of his former students, he launched StretchSense Ltd. He is a director and chief scientist for this Biomimetics Lab spin-off company that produces soft and wearable sensors. As an avid underwater photographer, Anderson has written and illustrated a number of articles about life in the sea for magazines including Dive New Zealand and New Zealand Geographic. He has also written and illustrated several books about sea life.

John C. Montgomery is a professor. He holds a personal chair in Biological Science at the University of Auckland. Until recently, he was the director of Auckland University's Leigh Marine Laboratory and the university's newly established Institute for Marine Science. His scientific work sits at the interface of marine science and neuroscience, and he has published extensively on sensory behavior and the physiology of fish, including hearing, hydrodynamic senses, and the quite extraordinary electrosensory system of sharks and rays. The neuroscience context of his work includes the consideration of central mechanisms to distinguish signal and noise in sensory input, and the evolution of the cerebellum. Montgomery's work has been recognized by his election to the Royal Society of New Zealand, an International Brain Research Organization Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and most recently a James Cook Fellowship f

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MEDICAL / Biotechnology